Bumps, scrapes, bruises and blood are all common around our house. With a rough-and-tumble kid there is no telling what adventure and injury the day will bring. We’ve had three days of school so far this year, and she’s been to the nurse every single day. She’s also my child who had four concussions in two years and still continues to be a daredevil to this day.
Life can be a beating as well. Sometimes there are physical scars but more often there are emotional scars. The saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is a lie. Words hurt. We are left hurting and wounded by people’s words, careless actions and senseless deeds. Sometimes our wounds are temporary and will heal with time. Other times we are left with permanent scars showing our former hurts and forever wounds.
Be encouraged today. Bumps, bruises, scars and wounds mean you are actively living life. If you don’t get in the game of life you won’t have pain and suffering, but you also won’t reap the rewards. Life is messy. Life is painful. Life hurts. But with Christ, it is worth every bruise, every scar and every wound. Christ came to save the world not condemn it. (John 12:47) Jesus loves you and wants to heal your hurts today. Accept God’s love, grace, mercy and hope today. Expect joy in Christ in your life today.
PS: Imagine our scars compared to Jesus’ scars. Mine will be NOTHING compared to his!
John 12:47 – If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
Psalm 34:4-6 – I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
2 Corinthians 3-5 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
Psalm 6:1-10: O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger, nor chasten me in your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. And my soul is also greatly troubled; But you, O Lord – how long? Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise? I am weary with my mourning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of my grief; it grows weak because of all my foes. Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my please; the Lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.